Lawmakers meet with hospital chief to shutdown closure rumor mill
BATON ROUGE - In an effort to try and ease the nerves of many, lawmakers met with the CEO of Baton Rouge General to discuss the plans for the Mid City campus.
Earlier this week, the hospital announced it was moving its burn unit to the Bluebonnet facility. Months ago, the hospital closed the ER at the Mid City location.
“The dismantling of emergency medical services in our Mid City area, orchestrated by Governor Jindal and DHH, is redirecting taxpayer money out of the areas of greatest need and causing tremendous anxiety among our citizens. We need to help those healthcare providers who are fighting for those who need continued access to medical care," Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb said in a prepared statement following the meeting Friday.
Dorsey-Colomb orchestrated the meeting with five other state legislators and Mark Slyter, CEO of Baton Rouge General.
“This was an especially productive meeting. Everyone is in agreement that our citizens need information directly from the medical community and the hospital, rather than through DHH,” Dorsey-Colomb added. She said the ER closure and the burn unit moving caused rumors of the entire facility at Mid City closing.
Dorsey-Colomb emphasized that Slyter told them the hospital is still exploring configurations for its Mid City campus.
When, the burn unit announcement was made earlier this week, some believed it was the beginning of the end for the hospital.
"Eventually, I don't believe we'll have a full-fledged hospital in Mid City," State Representative Pat Smith said in a report for WBRZ News 2 then. Smith was part of the meeting Friday, but did not release a prepared statement.
"I absolutely do believe that [the hospital] is in jeopardy," Denise Marcelle said. Marcelle is a member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council and was elected to the House of Representatives Saturday. She also attended the meeting but did not release a statement either.
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